School of Journalism and Media Studies
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Public Relations Curriculum

Please visit the SDSU General Catalog for detailed information on all JMS undergraduate courses.

Required Public Relations Core Curriculum

  • JMS 310W - Media Writing and Reporting
  • JMS 480 - Principles of Public Relations
  • JMS 481 - Public Relations Media and Methods
  • JMS 489 - Research Methods in Mediated Communication
  • JMS 494 - Media Law and Ethics
  • JMS 581 - Applied Research in Public Relations
  • JMS 585 - Professional Practices in Public Relations


Select one of the following courses:

  • JMS 300 - Principles of Journalism
  • JMS 440 - Management of Media Organizations
  • JMS 460 - Principles of Advertising

Additional Electives

Select 12 units from any JMS course numbered 300 and higher

Foreign Language

Competency (which is successfully completing the third college semester) is required in one foreign language.

Auxiliary Discipline

Complete at least 15 units, six units of which must be upper division, in ONE academic department outside of JMS. You may choose any 15 units from that department, as long as at least six units are numbered 300 and higher